Union Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur poses for a group photograph at the launch of the ‘Delhi Hockey Weekend League 2021-22’ in New Delhi on October 10, 2021. (PIB)
New Delhi: Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Anurag Singh Thakur on October 10, 2021, launched the ‘Delhi Hockey Weekend League 2021-22′, which is taking place at the iconic Major Dhyanchand National Stadium.
The Hockey League, which is being organised by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in association with the Delhi Hockey Federation, will have a total of 36 teams competing for the trophy and more teams can also participate in later stages.
Every weekend four matches will be played. The first match of the league was played between Delhi University’s Shyam Lal College and the Faith Club (an independent hockey club).
Speaking at the event, the Minister said Men’s and Women’s teams’ success in Tokyo Olympics has given a new lease of life to Hockey as a sport in India.
Thakur said that there is no dearth of talent in India, and we aim to nurture grassroots talent towards global excellence.
Maintaining that Delhi Hockey’s this initiative will help induct more talent at the grassroots, Thakur said, “Training and competitions are equally important as they boost the morale of athletes. We want more states to organize such events so that Hockey can be promoted and young talent gets opportunities to sharpen their skills.”
The launch ceremony was also attended by former Indian Hockey player Padmashree Zafar Iqbal, Hockey World Cup (1975) Gold Medalist Brigadier HJS Chimni, and Former Indian Hockey goalkeeper and Arjuna Awardee Helen Mary Innocent as special Guest of Honour. (Press Release)